October 21, 2018

                

Today’s readings beg the question: “Disciple, just who do you think you are?”  The true answer comes from knowing what we seek and the company we keep (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

If Jesus is followed in faith and honesty, then confusion can be driven out by wisdom, fear by courage, pride by humility, rivalry by collaboration, and selfish ambition by a self-giving love.  There is hope for all of us yet.  Such is the life-giving power of the ransom, which he has paid for us (Dermot Morrin, OP).

Christ shows us the fullness of who God is and how God leads: by self-sacrificial love and service.  It is this model that has been placed before each of us to follow.  Therefore, for any of us to bear the name of Christ and exercise leadership any other way is to be a living contradiction of the Gospel (Daniel P. Horan, OFM; Catholic Theological Union).

“Let us throw ourselves into the ocean of [God’s] goodness where every failing will be canceled and anxiety turned into love” (St. Paul of the Cross).

            

October 21, 2018 bulletin

*Altar photos are from October 21, 2012.

October 14, 2018

            

On the twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. Romeo told us that wisdom and prudence help us to better understand and accept God’s will for us.

Living in God’s wisdom requires a further step beyond knowing that there is a difference between God’s wisdom and our own.  We are called to accept God’s invitation to know the difference by welcoming that wisdom into our lives along with all the predictable and unanticipated consequences that will follow (Anne McGowan, PhD, Catholic Theological Union).

“The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

            

            

October 14, 2018

                

October 7, 2018

            

On the twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. Romeo told us that marriage is both sacrament and vocation.  At its highest level marriage is a couple’s unconditional yes to God’s master plan, a collaborative trust that his will be done, not ours.

Jesus has invested marriage with a dignity which represents something quite new in reference to all that we have considered until now.  He raised it to the rank of a sacrament.  He made of this sacred bond a specific source of grace.  He transformed marriage… into something sanctifying (Dietrich von Hildebrand in Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love).

“When God pulls down the curtain on the drama of the world’s redemption he will not ask what part we played, but only how well we played the role assigned to us” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen in Victory over Vice).

            

            

            

            

October 7, 2018

                

September 30, 2018

            

A prophet is someone who brings Jesus and his words on the world.  That’s our job.  Jesus is asking us to tell people how wonderful he is.  He is asking us to proclaim his mercy, his goodness, and his salvation.  And he’s asking us to do it with a heart filled with his love (the Word among us, September 2018, p. 51).

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple” (Psalm 19:7).

September 30, 2018

                

*Altar photos are from September 30, 2012.

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September 23, 2018

            

[Jesus] came as God’s gift to us.  A gift doesn’t tell the recipient how to use it.  He left it up to us to decide how we were going to receive him, [and] he didn’t take back his gift (the Word among us, September 2018, p. 44).

“We should have no other object but God in our actions and seek to please him alone in all things” (St. Vincent de Paul).

September 23, 2018

                

*Altar photos are from September 22, 2012.

September 16, 2018

            

On the twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. Do reminded us that God waits for us, Jesus saved the world through his resurrection, the cross is only temporary, and only God can save us.  So, “keep church alive.  Help others within the community.  Teach, talk to, and share with others.  God’s miracle is that he watches over us as we mission to others, so do good things in your life.  God loves you.  Jesus loves you.  Pray.”

For me, understanding who Jesus is also challenges me to turn the question around to ask Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?”  As we grow in imitation of Jesus, we may be given new and unexpected graces and called to new challenges, even to new ways of identifying ourselves (Barbara Lee).

“Only a consistency that lasts throughout the whole of life can be called faithfulness” (St. John Paul II).

            

            

            

September 16, 2018

      

September 9, 2018

            

Thus says the Lord: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God [who] comes to save you (Isaiah 35:4).

“God is slow to punish and quick to save” (St. John Chrysostom).

September 9, 2018

                

*Altar photos are from September 8, 2013.